A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

I participated in a book club in college and one of the books chosen seemed like it would be boring. I remember not wanting to read it but was committed to the book club so I bought it and read it anyways. The book was called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

1232

The book really surprised me. It was very historical and set in a kind or Merchant of Venice age.

Here is a synopsis: Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

The book was actually very exciting. Daniel had a curiosity that could not be satisfied and needed to find out everything about Julian Carax. It starts out a little slow but eventually becomes a murder mystery and Daniel’s intrigue for more pushes him past boundaries and into places he would never have dreamt of before reading the work of Julian. Th author does like to go very in depth into his descriptions but the book is worth the read in my eyes.

Let me know what book surprised you in the comments! Talk to you soon book worms 🙂

What is the most overrated book?

Ok bookworms, don’t get mad at me for this one because I know there are a lot of fandoms out there and a lot of you probably like this one. The most overrated book in my opinion is Twilight by Stephanie Meyers (the whole series actually).

41865

I feel like everyone knows the synopsis of this book but I will still put one just in case.

Synopsis: In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Now don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book and read the entire series in high school. But the reason I think this book is very overrated is because it received so much attention from the media and was over sexualized with actors/actresses (plus it started the whole vampire fetish thing that went on for awhile).

Stephanie Meyers is a brilliant writer and knows exactly what to say in her books to draw her audience in. She knows how to get a teen girl’s blood pumping with promise of forbidden love and fangs/fur.

Let me know what you think is the most overrated book in the comments! I am very curious to see what everyone else thinks on this topic 🙂

What book makes you laugh?

Alright, so I know that these technically aren’t books, but they are graphics novels and these have made me laugh so hard that I snorted and spit out my drink. I present to you the Deadpool Complete Collections Vol 1 & 2 !

The art style is phenomenal and the way the writer portrays dead pool as this cocky mercenary that has no regard for trivial things and just does what he wants when he wants is just too good to be true. There are lots of side characters that Deadpool meets along the way and other recognized superheroes that he either comes into combat with or teams up with. Between these two graphic novels, there are about 15-17 issues.

I would recommend these to my fellow superhero nerds out there. They will give you a laugh and get you that much more excited for Deadpool 2 (which should be coming out in 2018).

Now let me know what book makes you laugh in the comments down below. Talk to you later bookworms!

What book makes you feel sad?

Back to it with day six of the book challenge. So the book that I chose that makes me sad is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This book follows the life of Alice Howland after she finds out that she has Alzheimer’s.

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 11.54.46 PM

Synopsis: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…

It was very interesting to see how she dealt with this disease. Alzheimers for me is a very scary disease and is actually my biggest fear. My grandmother had it and it was awful to see someone just deteriorate to the point of not knowing the people around her whom she had known and loved her entire life. To put yourself in those shoes and imagine how you would just disappear as a person is how this book is. You live through Alice losing herself. She forgets her routines and how to think and comprehend for basic daily tasks. She knows its happening and then she doesn’t know its happening and its really sad. Her family struggles through with her and her descent into nothingness. Along the way it happens to bring her daughter and her closer together.

There was a movie made based on this book and Julianne Moor played Alice. I saw the movie and I have to admit that she did an exceptional job, especially at the part where she gives a speech in Harvard University to celebrate that she is and will be her no matter what a disease has to say about it.

If you like sad reads (it really is a very good book, just hit home for me), you can find this book on Goodreads or Amazon and you can find Lisa Genova on Twitter. Stay tuned for more of the book challenge and I will talk to you soon bookworms!

 

What book makes you happy?

The book that makes me happy is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I read it in college and just couldn’t help but smile. The entwined stories of a bunch of people and how they come together in this story just gives you hope for the good in the world.

History-of-Love

Short Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother’s loneliness. Believing she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author. Across New York an old man called Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who, sixty years ago in Poland, inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn’t know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives…

The book tells you the storyline of 3 different main characters and talks about their lives and how they are all looking for love in different ways. It was beautifully written and full of kindness towards others. I love Leo’s character. He reminds me of an old man I used to deliver newspapers to when I was a kid. And the innocence of Alma just trying to get a happy ending for her mother is the sweetest thing.

This book will just make you very happy by the end and I would strongly recommend giving it a chance. It is less than 200 pages too so not a very big commitment.

You can find it on Goodreads or Amazon. If you wish to see the other topics of the book challenge, check out my post called 30 Day Book Challenge! Talk to you later bookworms.

 

Favourite book of your favourite series?

Well this one is easy because I talked about it yesterday. My favourite book of my favourite series is Red Rising because it set the bar for the whole series and I just couldn’t put it down. This book was recommended to me by my good friend Neil Montgomery. He reads a lot of science-fi and always has great recommendations for books of this genre.

15839976

The trials and challenges that Darrow endures to get up the ranks and blend in as one of society’s most favoured is an adventurous and exciting journey with lots of plot twists. The book features a tiered list of the different colours and how they are ranked in the society. Red is the lowest colour and Gold is the highest. Darrow is from the Red colony and his goal is to get in with and be accepted by the Gold’s so that he can take them down from the top. He is undertaken as a member of the refugee rebellion and sent into the school of the upper class as a spy to observe and learn so that he can gain their trust. Darrow is a natural leader and he makes many friends and allies along his journey to the top.

I think this book is amazing so I would strongly recommend to give it a shot if you like fantasy, science-fi, adventure, thriller, or action genres. The series recently came out with a new book called Iron Gold which I have not purchased yet but will be doing very soon (or I will ask for it for Christmas if I can wait that long). Pierce Brown is a great author and I hope he continues to write masterpieces 😛

If you wish to see what’s next on the book challenge, check out the post here: 30 Day Book Challenge!

That’s it for this post but talk to you soon bookworms!

What is your favourite book series?

Day 3 of the book challenge and I am very excited about this one because I get to share with you a book trilogy that is my all time favourite series and I really think everyone should read it at some point in their lives. So without further ado, I introduce to you the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown.

This series is an action packed thrill ride. It is like the hunger games on crack. The setting of the book is in space and it has a roman god / greek mythology theme to it with lots of survival and rebellion. There are so many awesome characters in this book series and my favourite character is Sevro (not the main character). If you read the series, you will see why he is the best (I don’t want to give any of the awesomeness away). Here is a quote from the first chapter of Red Rising,

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Everything about this series just gets my adrenaline rushing when I read it. If they turn this series into movies, I will be thrilled and fearful at the same time. I would love to see it come to life but I know I will be very critical since its my favourite series so I hope they can do it justice on the big screen.

What is your favorite book series? Let me know in the comments!

What book have you read more than 3 times?

So first off, I know I missed a day but that was because I had friends staying with me from out of town for a night and I had no time to write while they were here. But I am back at it now so lets have a go with day 2 of  the book challenge.

I read a lot of books and most of them I have read only once but there are a select few I have read multiple times. One book that captured me from the first sentence and is one that I can go back to time and time again is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The_Hunger_Games

There isn’t one chapter of this book that I don’t like. Even when they are describing their surroundings or it is just a dull moment where they are talking, I am drawn in for every part of it. The first time that I read this book, it took me 3 hours and as soon as I was done, I went to the bookstore and bought the 2nd one. I thoroughly enjoy this entire series but this book is the one I could read over and over again.

Let me know what you guys have read more than 3 times in the comments! Lets connect as well, I will follow each and every person that follows my blog and then stay connected through love of literature. Happy reading 🙂

What is the best book you read last year?

This is a hard choice because I read so many good books last year. If I had to choose one though (only day one and I already want to cheat :P), it would have to be I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh.

23125266

This book just pulls you in right from the get go and you feel like you know what’s happening until the whole plot flips. Not all the characters are who they seem to be and it keeps you reading to find out more. This book would be classified as a thriller as there are many parts that would creep you out if you were in the situation.


Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

“I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.”

You can follow Clare Mackintosh on Twitter and here is the link to her book on Goodreads. Stay tuned for Day 2 of the Book Challenge and tell me what the best book was that you read this year in the comments!

30 Day Book Challenge

I have decided to do a 30 Day Book Challenge where I will post consistently for the next 30 days about different book topics. I came upon the idea from Pinterest and have posted an image of the list here so you can try it out if you want.

2dac89a046bc0557194a0a733277aeae

There are so many books that come to mind when looking through this list and I think it will be fun to talk about them and interact with others to see if we have similar opinions. Even so I would love to know what everyone thinks on each days subject so make sure to follow and comment so we can chat about books 🙂

Also, I thought I would do a shoutout to Wine & Misadventures for being awesome and giving me tips on blogging since I am rather new to this. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out her website. It has a lot of cool products you can buy and her blog posts are just written from the heart, she is very relatable and has a great attitude about everything while keeping it real.

Alright, talk to you later bookworms.